Election 2020

Michael Moore Provides ‘Reality Check,’ Warning Swing State Polls Signal Trump Could Pull Off Electoral Victory in November

Pointing to polls in swing states and the wide gap in enthusiasm between President Donald Trump’s supporters and voters planning to cast a ballot for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, progressive filmmaker Michael Moore warned Friday of signs that Trump may win the November general election. Calling for Democrats to ensure a massive voter turnout …

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Democrats Condemn ‘Shocking Abdication’ of Responsibility as Intelligence Officials Scale Back Election Security Briefings

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) indicated on Sunday that his committee may subpoena intelligence officials, following Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s announcement that regular election security briefings will be scaled back ahead of the general election. “This intelligence paid for by taxpayers doesn’t belong to Donald Trump, it doesn’t belong to the intelligence …

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Exposing Trump’s Payroll Tax Deferral as ‘Wage Theft,’ Treasury Signals Millions of Workers Will Earn Less in 2021 Under Plan

Days after the payroll processor for the federal government—one of the nation’s largest employers—announced it would implement President Donald Trump’s plan to defer payroll taxes for the rest of 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department indicated that employers will be responsible for paying the deferred taxes next year.  The plan is scheduled to go into effect …

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Citing His ‘Alarming Disregard’ for the Law, House Committee Launches Contempt Proceedings Against Pompeo

The Democrat-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee announced Friday that it is launching contempt proceedings against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over his “alarming disregard” for the law and ongoing defiance of subpoenas for documents in two separate investigations. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement that Pompeo …

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‘Trump Failed, 180,000+ Died’: Protests Surround White House as President Delivers Lie-Filled RNC Nomination Speech

Closing out a GOP convention that featured rampant law-breaking, fascistic hysteria, and cynical distortions of the current administration’s record, President Donald Trump delivered more of the same Thursday night as he formally accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination while protesters rallied near the White House blasting music and spotlighting Trump’s deadly failure to combat the …

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House Democrats Call for Special Counsel Probe Into Blatant Violations of Hatch Act by Top Trump Officials at RNC

Two Democratic congressmen are calling on the Office of Special Counsel to immediately launch an investigation into whether Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and other Trump administration officials violated federal law by participating in the Republican National Convention this week in their official government capacities. In a letter (pdf) dated Wednesday, Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi …

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Pence Slammed for Offering ‘Prayers’ While Dismissing Climate Action at RNC as Hurricane Laura Ravages Gulf Coast

Just hours before Hurricane Laura made made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with wind speed surpassing that of Katrina, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a Republican National Convention speech Wednesday night in which he mentioned climate action once only to reject it, continuing the GOP event’s ignoring or downplaying of an emergency …

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As Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts for Wealthy, Analysis Shows US Billionaires $800 Billion Richer Since Pandemic Hit

As President Donald Trump and top members of his administration continue their push to deliver another round of tax cuts to rich investors, an analysis published Tuesday by the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness showed that U.S. billionaires have seen their collective wealth soar by nearly $800 billion since Covid-19 began …

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Chair of Postal Service Board Under Fire Over Little-Noticed RNC Appearance Backing ‘Four More Years!’ for Trump

Robert Duncan, the Trump-appointed chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors who previously served as head of the Republican National Committee, is facing backlash over his little-noticed appearance in a prerecorded GOP convention video Monday night and calls to resign for his past role in the party’s nationwide voter suppression efforts. Duncan’s participation …

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Mike Pompeo Under Investigation for ‘Corrupt’ and Likely Unlawful RNC Speech From Jerusalem While on Taxpayer-Funded Trip

Shortly before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s prerecorded speech from Jerusalem aired during the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, the House of Representatives launched an investigation into the top American diplomat’s “likely unprecedented” and potentially unlawful decision to address the partisan event while overseas on taxpayer-funded government business. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), vice chair …

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‘Cynical’ as Well as ‘Insultingly Illegal’: Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC

As massive backlogs across the U.S. prevent tens of thousands of immigrants from becoming citizens and voters, President Donald Trump—who has spent much of his term demonizing and terrorizing immigrants through rhetoric and policy—hosted a naturalization ceremony at the White House for five new citizens Tuesday on the second night of the Republican National Convention. …

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Postal Workers Union Organizes Nationwide Rallies Pressuring Congress to #SaveThePostOffice

A union representing U.S. Postal Service employees joined with USPS supporters to hold dozens of rallies across the country Tuesday demanding that Congress #SaveThePostOffice by providing the agency with at least $25 billion in emergency funding as well as stopping and reversing mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. The day of action …

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‘This Is Lunatic, Fascist Stuff’: Watch Don Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle Kick Off RNC With Falsehood-Filled Rants

“Terrifying.” “Insane.” “Fascist.” That’s just a small selection of the adjectives commentators mustered in an attempt to describe in words the unhinged performances Donald Trump Jr. and and his partner Kimberly Guilfoyle delivered Monday from a largely empty auditorium in Washington, D.C. on the opening night of the Republican National Convention. But other observers struggled …

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Confirming Progressive Warnings, Social Security Actuary Says Trump Payroll Tax Cut Would Effectively Destroy Program by 2023

The Social Security Administration’s chief actuary estimated late Monday that eliminating the payroll tax would fully deplete Social Security’s disability and old-age trust funds by 2023, confirming the disastrous consequences progressive advocacy groups and lawmakers have been warning of since President Donald Trump threatened earlier this month to “terminate” the levy if reelected in November. …

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Demands for Removal of DeJoy Intensify After Postmaster General Shows He ‘Doesn’t Know the Basics of His Agency’

Democratic lawmakers ramped up their demands for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to step aside or be removed after the Trump megadonor on Monday demonstrated flippant ignorance of basic U.S. Postal Service operations, refused to cooperate with lawmakers’ requests for documents, and declined to commit to reversing policy changes that have impeded the timely delivery of …

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To Prevent ‘Disinformation Cesspool,’ Networks Urged to Run RNC Convention on One-Minute Delay

In a letter to the presidents of major news networks Monday, a coalition of progressive groups asked that the airing of the Republican National Convention be delayed by one minute in order to “help prevent the spread of dangerous disinformation in real time.” Members of the coalition—including UltraViolet Action, ACRONYM, BlackPAC, Color of Change PAC, …

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As GOP Officially Re-Nominates Trump, Poll Shows 68% in US Disapprove of President’s Pandemic Response

As the GOP’s 2020 convention kicked off Monday and Republicans officially nominated President Donald Trump for reelection, new polling revealed that a bipartisan majority of Americans disapprove of how the president and federal government are handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The poll results from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also came as …

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Public Health Experts Watch ‘In Horror’ as FDA Approves Narrowly Tested Covid-19 Treatment Amid Pressure From Trump

Public health experts on Monday raised alarm over President Donald Trump’s overstating of the efficacy of convalescent plasma and his suggestion that the Food and Drug Administration purposefully held up approval of the potential Covid-19 treatment just before the agency authorized its expanded use.  The FDA gave emergency approval for the use of antibody-rich plasma …

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‘Unprecedented and Wrong’: Pompeo Slammed for Plans to Address GOP Convention From Jerusalem

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will address this week’s Republican National Convention—news that sparked swift criticism both because it’s unprecedented for the nation’s top diplomat to participate in this type of political event and because he will reportedly speak from “an undisclosed location” in Jerusalem while he’s …

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‘Stop Helping Trump Sabotage Our Democracy’: McConnell Urged to Call Senate Back and Pass House Bill Reversing DeJoy Mail Changes

Following the House’s passage over the weekend of legislation that would reverse Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service, progressive advocacy groups are demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “stop playing politics with our right to vote” and immediately call his chamber back from recess to approve the bill. “President …

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Nearly 700 Protests Planned for Saturday at Post Offices Across Country as DeJoy Slammed for Defense of Mail Sabotage

As of Friday afternoon, more than 650 demonstrations were planned as part of “Save the Post Office Saturday,” a national day of action in which people across the U.S. will demand that President Donald Trump and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy end their assault on the U.S. Postal Service. Demonstrations will begin at 11:00 am local time.  …

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Civil Rights Group Condemns Trump Threat to Put Law Enforcement at Polls as a Tactic ‘Right From the Jim Crow Playbook’

A civil rights group Friday denounced President Donald Trump’s threat to place law enforcement officers at polling places for the November election, calling it an effort suppress voter turnout. “In no uncertain terms, we fully condemn any plans that President Trump has to deploy federal law enforcement, U.S. attorneys, or local sheriffs to our polling …

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‘We Can and Will Overcome This Season of Darkness in America’: Joe Biden Accepts Democratic Presidential Nomination

Former Vice President Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on the fourth and final night of the party’s virtual convention Thursday, declaring in a speech from Wilmington, Delaware that the nation “can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.” “History has delivered us to one of the most difficult moments America’s …

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Warren Praised for Using DNC Address to Demand Child Care as ‘Part of the Basic Infrastructure of This Nation’

Speaking on the third night of the Democratic National Convention from a Massachusetts kindergarten facility that’s been shuttered for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday lamented the failure of the wealthiest country on the planet to provide crucial services to families with children and demanded that child care be treated …

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Greenpeace Gives Democratic Platform C+ on Climate, Calling for ‘Action at the Scale That Science and Justice Demand’

Greenpeace USA announced Wednesday that the platform which Democrats are set to adopt this week earns only a C+ rating based on the scorecard process the group previously used to rank the climate policies of what was once a large field of the party’s 2020 presidential primary candidates. That C+ (52.5 points out of 100) …

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